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 17 August 2015
Newsletter 25

Letter from the Editor

Please find the Scripture for the week here.



    Some points of particular interest in the expanded sections below include:
  • Shane Cuthbertson - shares with us some small capital projects on the cards.

  • Allan Chandler - wishes pupils well for the Grade trips, and Matrics all the best for trials.

  • Barbara Taljard - well done to the FP on their successful sports day. 


Parents' Council Night Racing - Friday 20 November 2015

Please contact Rae Griesel to book your seat/table - limited availability, first-come-first-served. 



Congratulations to Promise Cele (FP Assistant) on the safe arrival of her baby girl.

Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

Hay Hoe Service station delivered the first hamper, which was won by  Mr G Hutcheson (pictured below), as well as 2 complimentary car washes, won by TC Chetty and L Tooley.


Hay Hoe BP Service station situated at 6 Underwood Road Pinetown is making a donation to TMC for every litre of petrol sold to a TMC parent. Each parent should a received their card in the last week of last term. Your card number will be recorded with the number of litres purchased by the card holder. In addition TMC parents who use this petrol station will be entered into a monthly draw for a food/goodie hamper to the value of R250-00 and 2 free car washes. Simply by filling up at Hay Hoe Service Station you are supporting the fundraising initiative for our 2016 Overseas Tours. Thereafter, the funds raised by the Hay Hoe Service Station initiative will go towards Parents' Council Fundraising.



Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Monday 24 August Matric Trials
Tuesday 25 August Grade 8 - 11 trips
  Drama Trials Prac exam
Wednesday 26 August Grade 8 - 11 trips
  SP Boys' Hockey vs Westville
Thursday 27 August Grade 8 - 11 trips
  JP Trinity College exams
  SP Snr Girls' Soccer vs St Mary's
  Grade 2 Boys' & Girls' Hockey Tournament
  Festival in the Hills - SP Snr Choir Rehearsals - Curro HCA (16:00 - 17:30)
Friday 28 August Grade 8 - 11 trips return
  JP Trinity College exams
  Grade 3 Boys' & Girls' Hockey Tournament
Saturday 29 August SP Boys' Soccer vs Westville
  SP Girls' Hockey vs Westville
  SP Snr Choir Rehearsals - Curro HCA (10:15 - 12:30)
  Festival in the Hills Performance - Curro HCA (14:30 - 16:30)


Scripture for the week


Let love be your only debt! If you love others, you have done all that the Law demands.   Romans 13:8

We often have different competitions in the car on the way to school. Our favourite is who can spot a particular car by its logo and country of origin. My girls have become experts in spotting different kinds of cars by their logo. Last week we chose French cars (Renault, Citroen and Peugeot) as we past this one particular driveway my eldest daughter shouted out “Renault” (she was Renault that morning) not seeing it I said “I’m sure I know that house has a BMW parked there not a Renault”. So my daughter, to my surprise said “Dad, let’s take a R20 bet”. Not being a betting man I thought I would take one this time and teach my daughter a lesson about betting and be R20 richer, easy money!!! Well we had to wait until the next day to find out who had won and with much excitement we drove slowly passed the driveway in question and low and behold what was parked in the driveway – a Renault! I was now indebted to my daughter who continued to remind me of that each day until I paid up. However, my wife and I were utterly overwhelmed in what my daughter did with the money. Without any prompting from us she put it into the collection bag at church on Sunday, blew us away! She gave it up to God.

On a more serious note since the recession in 2008, I am finding more and more people struggling with debt and a number of local churches are offering debt counselling for those who need it. They highlight the need that it is confidential, private and sensitive as people are reluctant to come forward for help. If anyone needs help please contact me ( and I can put you in contact with the counsellors.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

We have moved the school combis from the Great House car park to the area in front of the Music School. This is as a result of the constant problem of cars parking behind the combis at peak times, in spite of the large yellow “Keep Clear” signs painted on the road. The new parking is in a quieter area and will be clear marked. Parents, particularly those that use the swimming pool, are asked to please not park in the new combi bays.

We will shortly be commencing with a number of new small capital projects. A water station is currently being built at the Astro and we have assembled temporary grandstands on the deck. We will start with raising the Pickering and Boardman Field fences to 3m in the next few weeks. The fences around the sports fields are in most cases much too low and we waste a tremendous amount of time looking for lost balls. The Savory Field cricket nets will soon be given an extreme makeover to bring them up to the standard of the recently revamped Pickering nets. We will also soon be replacing the floor at the rock climbing wall. 

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

The Grade trips away are upon us. These form an important and integral part of our education extension programme and are beneficial in so many ways. I wish all pupils and staff best wishes for the week.

The Grade 12s have started their Matric Trials’ Programme and I also wish them everything of the best in their endeavours.


Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Well done and thanks to all those involved in and who supported our Foundation Phase Sports Day on Friday. It was an exciting day much enjoyed by our youngsters!

While I am delighted at how many children are now involved in our extra-mural programme, and how many children who did not take sport last term are now involved, I still have a concern about those overcommitted. Taking part in a team sport is essential to developing social skills and building friendships among their peers which is why we encourage all children to be involved in a team sport. It can however, also be detrimental if the child involved is overly committed, so has no time to be a child, recharge batteries or to relax. This is sometimes the case when the child does further extra-curricular activities over and above their full involvement in school ones The very varied school extra-mural sports is further extended through cultural commitments as well as in many instances, ballet, horse-riding, karate, judo and private music lessons. While this is all good and well, we need to remember that the percentage of children who will make a career from these activities is minimal. Academics remains the crux of what school is actually about (despite some of our pupils’ perspectives). Some children also need extra academic intervention or support, to boost their confidence, assist them in areas where they may be struggling and enable them to achieve results more reflective of their potential. We need to take a long, hard look at our children’s programmes to ensure they have enough time not only to play team sport, but also to enjoy unstructured play, complete homework properly etc. and not just rush from one activity to the next every day, leaving them drained and not able to function properly. Children may have extra sport tuition to improve their performance, yet the average or weak academic results may be ignored by parents in some instances. Educational success at the end of the day is key to what university, technikon etc. they may go to or what career they pursue. Without good school results a child’s employment opportunities may be limited. Parents need to look at balancing their children’s activities, but always ensuring the academics takes priority and that school commitments take priority over private arrangements. Involved children are good, overinvolved –not ideal.

We wish our choir well as they rehearse for the “Festival in the Hills” mass choir performance which takes place on Saturday from 14:30 to 16:30 at Curro HCA.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead.  


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof




Ethan Pieterse - for writing the most interesting and creative story about "Shaun the Astronaut"


Liam Lotter - for his wonderful manners and interesting points of view when relating stories to the class.


Ciara Valentine - for her kind nature towards all her peers and for trying so hard to work neatly in her books.


Jemma-Lee Lawrence - for her concerted effort to keep her table neat and tidy and for trying her best with her work tasks.


Aidan Conradie - for the enthusiasm with which he wrote his story this week.  Well done!


Charlotte Howat - for her enthusiasm for all aspects of school and her neat work.


Dayna Deeble - for her very focused and hard-working efforts in all of her tasks.


Anya Chetty - for her ease, grace and kindness and much improved pace at task completion.


Brayden Doran - for his good manners and consistent effort in the classroom.
4dP Olivia Thompson - for an improvement in her work pace and for trying so hard in all her subjects.
4M Grace Carson - for trying hard in class and for her positive approach towards her school day.
4F Ruschay Govender - for bringing gentleness into the classroom.
5vL Liam Pather - for his wonderful performance at Stars Come Out to Shine, and for always trying to give of his best in the classroom.
5P Vishal Nathoo - for growth and maturity in being more organised and responsible.
5L Jessica Lilly - for being self-motivated and for her improved work ethic this term.
6B Tanna Petzer - for her kind and caring nature and outstanding performance at Stars Come Out to Shine.
6M Thomas Gourley - for his positive approach to the new term.
6H Samuel Haug - for his improved test management and positive attitude.
7M Clayton Dumont - for his happy, friendly disposition and solid effort in class.
7C Shannon Hendry - for her wonderful personality, consistent effort and hard work.
7S Georgia Wentzel and Kylie Leighton - for their wonderful performance at Stars Come Out to Shine.



Congratulations to Aiden Smith and Michael Boertje on being awarded their Gold certificates in Mathletics.



Cultural Achievements

Thank you

Thank you to Ben Dedekind, Sam Daniel, Stephanie Tshuma and Brad Ballack for assisting so enthusiastically backstage at the Stars Come out to Shine.  A very big thank you to Mrs Ramasamy for all her efforts.



Congratulations to Laura van Tonder on receiving a gold/distinction in her ballet exam.  Well done Laura.



Congratulations to Jessica Kelly on acieving 90% pass with distinction in her modern dance exam.  Well done Jessica.


Congratulations to Jessica Esmonde-White who has passed the elementary Dance exam with honurs with distinction.  Well done Jessica.


Sporting Achievements


Congratulations to Mandy Olejniczak for being awarded her KZN colours for Gymnastics.  Well done Mandy.



Thomas More cyclists competed at the 7th race in the Spur schools MTB series held at Voortrekker High School on the 14 August.

Great riding from the Junior school riders, Courtney Michell (4th); Keagan Brand (2nd); Dean Gregson (4th). With High school riders Cian leveridge (3rd); Joshua Clipstone (6th) and Tiffany Keep (1st) continuing the good riding and results.  The next event is on the 5th September at Fulton School for all ages.


HS Girls' Soccer at TMC

1st TMC 3 1st St. Mary’s 1

2nd TMC 0 2nd St. Mary’s 1

TMC U16A 1 St. Mary’s U16A 1

TMC U16B 3 St. Mary’s U16B 2

TMC U14A 2 St. Mary’s U14A 1

TMC U14B 5 St. Mary’s U14B 1

1st TMC 3 1st Kloof 0

TMC U16A 0 Kloof U16A 1

TMC U16B 1 Kloof U16B 1

TMC U14A 2 Kloof U14A 1

TMC U14B 1 Kloof U14B 1

TMC U14B 5 DGHS U14B 1

TMC U14A 6 DGHS U14A 0

TMC U16A 3 DGHS U16A 2

TMC 1st 2 DGHS 1st 2


We congratulate the following girls’ on making it through to the final round of KZN soccer trials:

Carmen Vicent

Courtney Sim

Kayleigh du Toit

Kimberly Lerwick

Tatum Olivier

Savanna Daubinet

Frankie White

Tayla Kymdell


HS Rugby

Congratulations to Cole Miles (Grade 8) who has been selected to represent the KZN U14 Rugby Youth Duikers team at the 2015 Interprovincial Tournament in JHB.  Well done Cole.   


HS Girls' Tennis at TMC

16A TMC 8 16A Northlands 6


HS Girls' Softball at Queensmead

1st TMC 0 1st St. Mary’s 12

1st TMC 2 1st Hillcrest 13

TMC U14A 11 Westville 14A 10

TMC U14A 8 St Mary's U14A 21

TMC U14A 2 Westville U14A 12

TMC U16A 12 Northlands U16A 12

TMC U16A 4 Westville U16A 12

TMC 1st 5 Westville 1st 9

TMC 1st 15 Northlands 1st 10


HS Boys' Softball at Queensmead

1st TMC 13 2nd Glenwood 7

2nd TMC 2 1st Hillcrest 15

1st TMC 4 1st DHS 1st 6


HS Boys' Soccer at Pinetown

1st TMC 0 1st Pinetown 3

2nd TMC 0 2nd Pinetown 1

TMC U16A 0 Pinetown 2

TMC U16B 0 Pinetown 3

TMC U15A 2 Pinetown 3

TMC U15B 0 Pinetown 3

TMC U14A 1 Pinetown 6

TMC U14B 0 Pinetown 5

TMC U14B 5 Crawford LL U14B 5

TMC U14A 7 Crawford U14A 3

TMC U15B 2 Crawford U15B 5

TMC U15A 4 Crawford U15A 2

TMC U16A 2 Crawford U16A 0

TMC 2nd 2 Crawford LL 2nd 1

TMC 1st 2 Crawford LL 0


HS Boys' Indoor Hockey

1st TMC 3 1st Kearsney 6

TMC U16A 3 Glenwood 2

TMC U16A 0 Northwood 6

TMC U14A 4 Westville B 2

TMC U16A 2 Northwood U16B 2

TMC 2nd 0 Crawford LL 1st 8

TMC 1st 3 Clifton College 1st 4


HS Cross Country

The following athletes attended the ward trials and placed in the top 4 positions for their respective age groups. They will now represent the City of Durban on Thursday 20th August :

1. Bridget Theunissen

2. Cian Leveridge

3. Tiffany Keep

4. Courtney Smith

5. Estee Kotzé


Rock Climbing

Well done to Thomas More College for coming first in Rock Climbing.

Well done to the following climbers for being selected to represent KZN Climbing in Guateng from the 2 - 4 October 2015 for lead climbing.

U13 Faran Steenkamp

U15 Jenna Bentley, Kristen Rosser, Craig Smith, Joshua Munstermann, Keshav Gounden

U17 Amy Freeman, Zunaid Valodia, Kim Dawson, Daniel Bentley, Che Coelho

U19 Sean Rudd, Charles Young

Good luck to all our climbers. 


SP Boys’ Hockey vs Glenwood Prep

U10 C lost 0-6

U10 B lost 2-4

U10 A drew 2-2

U11 B lost 0-3

U11 A lost 1-3

3rd XI lost 0-1

2nd XI lost 0-3

1st XI lost 0-1


SP Girls’ Hockey vs Glenwood Prep

U10 B lost 4-5

U10 A lost 3-4

U11 B lost 2-3

U11 A lost 0-6

3rd XI drew 0-0

2nd XI won 2-0

1st XI won 1-0


SP Boys' Soccer vs Kloof

U10A 5- 1 TM won

U10B 2- 3 KSP won

U11A 2- 8 KSP won

U11B 4- 4 draw

5th 0- 3 KSP won

4th 0- 2 KSP won

3rd 0- 1 KSP won

2nd 1- 2 KSP won

1st 0- 2 KSP won


SP Girls' Soccer vs Kloof

U10A won 3-1

U10B won 5-3


Grade 2 Boys' Hockey tournament

TMC 1 vs Atholl Heights lost 0-2

TMC 1 vs Waldorf won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs Winston Park drew 1-1

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest lost 0-1

TMC 2 vs Forest View won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Forest View won 4-0

TMC 3 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Hillcrest drew 1-1


Grade 2 Girls' Hockey tournament

TMC 1 vs St. Mary’s won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Kloof won 3-0

TMC 1 vs Hillcrest lost 0-2

TMC 2 vs Forest View won 1-0

TMC 2 vs St. Mary’s won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest won 1-0

TMC 3 vs Kloof won 3-0

TMC 3 vs Winston Park won 2-0

TMC 3 vs St. Mary’s drew 0-0


JP Sports Day

Well done to Dalberg for winning the JP Sports Day!



Google Calendars for parents

All of these calendars start out with basic information and then details are added as we find them out. E.g. at the start of a term, a subject test will be booked for a later date. As the time draws closer, the teacher is able to determine more fully what syllabus the class has managed to cover thus far, and will fill in details of what will be in the test at that stage.

It is important to note that this information is “live” and needs to be checked regularly. We have links to the different calendars available inside our website, found under the different Phase sections. We also have links to the same calendars inside the Parent Portal. The calendars that apply can be found under each of your child’s subheadings.


The Horse’s Mouth Newsletter has all calendar links available to be able to easily find whichever calendars you need to.


How to use the Google Calendar:

After you have clicked on the relevant calendar link, it will show you the default monthly view of the calendar:


There are navigation buttons at the top left to change dates easily to look back or to future events:


You are able to change the view of the calendar using the buttons at the top right to show only a week at a time, the default monthly view, or if you click on “Agenda” then you will see a list of events scheduled:


Please note – it is not a good idea to print the calendar out, as the information might get updated and you will not realize this if you are referring to a print out of a calendar at a certain point in time.

To see more details about a heading in the calendar, you need to click on that heading – it will pop-up a small window giving you what details have been filled in already. This is where we have information such as which teams are playing and times, and also what material will be covered in a test/examination:

It is important to note here that it is also not a good idea to click on the bottom option “Copy to my calendar” here, for the same reason as printing, you will not receive updated information if anything changes in the live calendar.